New Idea purchased the Sandwich Company of Sandwich, Ill in 1930, which provided New Idea with a much larger line of farm equipment. One of the products was a very fine corn sheller. The Sandwich Company had been developing small corn sheller since 1856.
The farmer who sold the sheller indicated that he remembers seeing this sheller in the mid-1940's. Therefore it must have been made between 1930 and 1945.
The two photos below show the corn sheller as purchased and after restoring. Each of the steps listed above following show the intermediate steps that were completed to restore the New Idea corn sheller.to its near original condition.
Step 1: Corn Sheller as received
Step 2: Disassembly
Step 3: Cleaning Failure
Step 4: Cleaning by sandblasting
Step 5: Painting
New Idea used an orange and green colors for all their equipment. Since the New Idea company in no longer in business the exact shades of these colors are not available. Rustoleum Harvest Green was used since it is a very close match. Old Kubota tractor orange matches NI orange very well.
A paint booth was built to reduce the over-spraying drift. When using a paint booth make sure it has a floor since large paint droplets will not be carried in the air but will settle out in a very short distant.
Step 6: Painting on Name
A stencil was made by sizing a stencil font on the computer and printing. The letter were then cut out with an exacto knife. The panel was covered and stencil painted.
Step 8: Reassembing Sheller
The last four photos show the finished reconditioned corn sheller.